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November 30, 2010

Progressives in this country have a problem communicating with people – or, more specifically, they have a problem communicating with people who don’t already consider themselves Progressives. There are those who blame the media for this – noting that the often complex ideas that make up what can be called the typical Progressive opinion are difficult to squeeze into the kind of pre-packaged sound-bites that our 24-hour news cycle demands. And while I think that this is sometimes a valid criticism, I also believe that such a position is rather missing the point. The media hasn’t created a populace with a decidedly microscopic attention span. Instead it has conformed to a people for whom news and information are little more than distractions on the way to the next Super Bowl.

This post is part of a contribution of mine to MadMike’sAmerica. Read the full article here.

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  1. November 30, 2010 1:21 pm

    Don’t know if that’s true. Progressives did a great job in Colorado in 2004, 2006, and 2008 in conveying a message that turned that state from a decidedly red state to a firmly blue state. And they had no problem convincing Californians that Meg Whitman was not the choice for California…or that Harry Reid was better for Nevada than Sharon Angle.

    I recommend you read “The Colorado Blueprint” for a little about how Progressives who do effectively communicate their message succeed. My review of the book is here: http://lawafterthebar.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/why-colorado-matters-no-matter-your-party/

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    • November 30, 2010 1:31 pm

      I’d submit that California was an easier sell for progressives than most of the rest of the country, and Sharon Angle had as much to do with her own defeat as anyone else (and it was still a close race). However, you’re right that there are pockets of Progressives that do a good job at getting out a message. My point is that they don’t do as good a job at conveying simple, memorable messages as Conservatives. Thus it becomes easy, with a little unrest, to completely drown them out – as was done almost everywhere in the 2010 election cycle. People need simplicity sometimes. They need shortcuts, and all I’m saying is that Conservatives do a better job providing them. I’ll check that book out though, as it looks pretty interesting. Thanks.

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